I struggle with a lot of things in life; getting up before 8am, these sodding three-day hangovers, and keeping up with the work rate of DJ Haus’ UTTU label and its offshoots are definitely some of them. I know that sounds snotty, but it’s true. When it’s a four-track EP from synth wizard Legowelt though, you make time for yourself to listen and what the Dutchman does on ‘Palm Trees in the Rain’ is unquestionably good.
Anjunabeats newcomer Jason Ross delivers a titan of a bigroom record here. Propelled with an extravagant stomp that explodes with rolling percussion and big, techy synth stabs, those grooves are just so polished. When the breakdown hits, it’s rueful emotion instead of overcooked melodrama, but of course that’s before the euphoric melodies detonate after the drop. It might come from the Anjuna camp, but this record is versatile enough to work for an array of main stage DJs. Stadium-strength ‘Trance 2.0’ doesn’t get any better than this.
Rebourne is back with another monstrous single. After his Money Shot in last month's issue, he teams up with Faizar to deliver what in my opinion is a modern-day take on hard trance. Featuring epic catchy main melody, spoken male sampled vocal and oozing with power and drive on all of the drops. Rebourne has defined his sound and I hope we see a lot more releases from him this year.
Being that I so loved backpack hip-hop and the complex stories my favourite rappers weaved during my twenties, sometimes I find it hard to disassociate the space between drum hits as air that needn't be filled with lyricism. And it’s not like S-Type’s slanted beat work wouldn’t sound amazing with a vegan rapper gunning the virtues of tofu on top of it, but it’s so thick and worldly that I find I actually don’t have that issue with it.